Mohammad Nayeem Teli

This professor has taught: CMSC131, CMSC250, CMSC320, CMSC351, CMSC422, CMSC426, DATA120, DATA320, ENEE140, ENTS699, MSML605
Information Review
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC426

Expecting a C
Anonymous
04/02/2024
He speeds through content, only cares to explain the technicals and math and not general concepts that would make the math easier to absorb, and lecture structure is confusing and often logically backwards, likely because he splices slide decks together from other classes he's taught. It makes easy content difficult to grasp, and it makes difficult content impossible to even get started with. And there's no book accompanying this course, so you're stuck with his scattered, lightning fast lectures, whatever you can find on Youtube, and absolutely no practice (I mean it -- none) with the content on exams. His high score is absolutely undeserved (and baffling to me). I feel like I know less now than I did walking into the class.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC422

Expecting an A
Anonymous
03/28/2024
The content is difficult but Teli structures it in a way so that it won't take too much time. If you look through the slides before the exams they are doable, and he genuinely cares about his students.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Anonymous
03/28/2024
he's nice but i haven't been able to pay attention in a single lecture the entire semester they're so dry and content dense so i've had to self study projects aren't hard but they're tedious practice exam was not helpful for exam 1 (formatted pretty different from the actual exam), a lot of the exam came down to guessing what to write on the allowed note sheet because it wasn't clear how much detail we needed to remember for the different parts of the sheer amount of content we covered
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Anonymous
03/10/2024
What are his practice exams lol. useless, terrible
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Anonymous
03/08/2024
I learned nothing in this class
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
02/20/2024
Teli is a great lecturer and cares about his students and their problems. He takes feedback and tries to make the course better for everyone. None of his exams required a curve and he also gave us a extra credit assignment at the end. He wants you to succeed and takes time to respond to everyone's questions. One of the best professors I've had so far. The only problem I have is that I feel he didn't cover some useful topics in structural induction (like trees and graphs) and never tested it on the exams. At the end felt slightly less prepared or CMSC351 than people in other professor's classes.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/08/2024
Teli is a good professor. You can tell that he cares about the students and whether they understand the topic. But sometimes the way he explains the topics just doesn't make sense and he repeats his explanations. But his homework and handwritten notes are amazing and consistent. 250 is a course in which if you have seen problems like this or know problems like this because of competitive math, this class would be easy, but if you are a person who struggles with proofs and logic you have to put more time into the class. Everything else about the tests and midterms are amazing about teli but the weekly quizzes can be a hit or miss because getting one question wrong can ruin your grade for the quiz. But he is a good professor recommend him.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC422

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
01/01/2024
I posted a midsemester review of this class back in October 2023 so this is a review for the class in Fall 2023 semester now that it's over (apologies for being a little late). My feedback for this course now is basically the same as the prior review I made. The first thing I would like to add are that the final project was a little challenging (extra credit section was interesting) and time-consuming so as always, make sure you start your projects early. Second, the final exam was cumulative and relatively similar to the practice final we got. There was also a final exam review session via Zoom, which greatly helped. This class will be challenging from a mathematical standpoint so make sure your calculus, probability, statistics & linear algebra foundation is strong. Other than that, the class was well-organized. I still recommend all students to take this class with Prof Teli.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/01/2024
Good teacher. Pretty reasonable midterms and finals. If you do homework well you'll be able to do well
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/30/2023
Good lecturer.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/24/2023
Teli is such a great professor! He posts his notes and records for every lecture, which is super helpful if you skip. He does plenty of examples during lecture and is great at explaining concepts. He has a few homeworks throughout the semester that weren't too difficult and he gives at least a week to do them. Weekly quizzes in discussion aren't too bad, but they are kinda 50/50 in difficulty in my opinion and are worth 15% of our grade. Though I think if I studied a bit more for them they would've been a lot easier for me. We do a lot of practice questions in discussion, so going to them is very helpful and having a good TA can really impact how well you understand the material. Exams were fairly easy and he provides practice exams which are pretty similar to the actual exam. Overall I really liked this class and I highly recommend taking Teli.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/22/2023
All the information he goes over, from his lecture slides to his lecture notes, are readily available for any student wanting to look at them on Canvas. He's also very understanding if you are running into any issues directly related or unrelated to the course. His homeworks can be tricky sometimes, and I do feel like TAs sometimes grade the homeworks too strictly, but most of the time, all of the questions are fair and straightforward. His exams were not hard, but some questions were formatted in a way that you may not get any partial credit (which is what happened to me on the final), and in a class where most of your overall grade comes from your exam performances, you need to be a bit aware of any slight curveballs that he could throw at you. I felt like his quizzes were a hit or miss sometimes, because for some reason my discussion section did really poorly compared to the class average, even though my TA really helped build our understanding on all the topics we covered in class. The TA you get will play a big role into if you understand the content more or not, which I think Teli could work on a bit (since his explanations to any questions or his thought process when going through examples in lectures can be a little bit confusing). Dr. Teli gave an extra credit assignment (adding a possible 2% on our grades), and bumped anyone <0.5% below the cutoffs (that he slightly adjusted from the typical cutoffs UMD uses).
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Anonymous
12/22/2023
He lectures too fast but hes pretty good besides that he exams pretty fair and all
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/20/2023
Had very reasonable exams and lecture slides were quite helpful
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/20/2023
Almost everything in this class is fair: there were some points where homework questions were somewhat strangely worded, but in general, I have no complaints regarding any of the course material. The lectures were phenomenal; even if you didn't attend them, the notes/slides/recordings posted are more than enough to help you through this course. The only real drawback (or fear I guess) that I had during this course was the fact that all of the tests together were 70% of the total course grade (though tbh this may be due to me not really being adjusted to college), but all the tests were really fair as well. Overall, would easily take him again.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/20/2023
Teli is one of the most underrated professors in the CS department, he's probably one of the best I've had in my two years. While proofs aren't for some, he wants everyone to do well. He stops numerous times and makes sure all our questions are answered. He posts all lecture slides, examples, and discussion worksheets (sometimes with solutions) so that you understand the concepts and his thought process and are prepared for the weekly quizzes and midterms. The quiz and exam questions are very fair and reflect exactly what we go over in the lecture. My only recommendation is for him to be clearer on what the final will cover. I was balancing other advanced Math and CS courses with extensive material and I was told the final would be cumulative when it didn't turn out to be. While I excelled at most topics, the final felt more like a third midterm but it was weighted a lot more and had newer topics some people struggled with. Other than that, he's a great professor and I'm sure this is a small issue he'll fix/clarify in future semesters.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
DATA120

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/19/2023
I have no idea about the prof. The class itself was quite easy, especially if you already know programming basics. Just some of the quizzes tend to be unclear/vague which made me lose 1-2 points here and there. But, pretty free A.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/17/2023
Teli is actually the greatest professor I've had. His exams are fair, the TAs are very chill, the lectures aren't boring whatsoever and he records them. He also scans his notes from class, so its ok to skip lecture. Weekly quizzes aren't bad, but the homeworks can be a pain sometimes. He's made this course very easy for us overall. Also the final was not cumulative, so it was only on things we learned after the 2nd midterm. Its 2 midterms and a "final". He gives out practice exams with the answer key for each exam and they are exactly what you need to know for the exam. Finally, he also gave an extra credit assignment that was very easy and short. If you do it, you get a free 2% boost to your grade.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/17/2023
Great professor, honestly one of the best i’ve had at umd. Exams are super fair and he makes the class very manageable. Would highly recommend!
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
DATA120

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/16/2023
Straightforward and easy python class.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a C
Anonymous
12/15/2023
Haven't taken another professor for CMSC250, but I can assure you that if you take Teli you are in good hands. He records lectures, posts the notes from the lectures, and he is just a great guy (both as a teacher and a person). His lectures are engaging and he tells fun stories sometimes. Although I am expecting a C, that is just me being a bad student, if you even try a little in this class, then you will be fine. Just make sure you go to the lecture or at least watch the recordings, go to discussions as they go over what you learned from the lecture with examples. You do have HW in this class, which from my experience it was not too hard, just a lot of problems. There are some problems on the HW that I assume is there to make you think more about the concepts, but generally you won't see the harder HW questions on exams or quizzes (from my memory). Quizzes are easy assuming you attend discussions as they go over problems that you may see.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/14/2023
He is great, provides you with everything you need to succeed. Exam averages were Midterm 1: 83 Midterm 2: 92 (They are mostly similar to HW/ Practice exam) Homework's are a bit challenging sometimes but you get plenty of time to do them as they are mostly weekly. I would recommend going to office hours and asking the TA's if you are doing something correctly and they are mostly helpful. (Most can also be found online) There are quizzes every Wednesday on the material from the prior week and are mostly easy. He also records and posts his notes. Is very quick and efficient with email/piazza responses. Also gave us an assignment for 2% extra credit at the of the semester. My TA Siyuan Peng was great and super chill. I know his reviews are low, but as someone who is not the greatest at math I did very well in his class. There isn't much work that needs to be done if you are pairing it up with something like 216 or 132.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC422

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/14/2023
Pretty much agree with all the recent comments about Teli as well. He's a great professor and really good at explaining the math behind all the ML-related concepts taught in this class in an understandable, step-by-step manner. The math discussions can get dry but it's a really important part of succeeding in this field, and Teli does an excellent job working through the derivations and matrix calculations that may make students overwhelmed. If you have a chance to take this (or honestly any) CS class with Teli, I would highly recommend doing so.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/10/2023
Very boring lectures, and the organization of files on canvas is a complete disaster. I wouldn't have much of problem with either of these on their own, but together it means that the class is very difficult to learn, not because of the difficulty of the class, but because searching for information that you need for a homework is difficult (e.g. what the definition of something, like divisibility, is). Quizzes and tests seem pretty fair to me, but grading is sometime very arbitrary, focusing on very unrelated concepts to what you would need in future classes, like enforcing writing the type of proof you are using, or other details that are not important to the concepts as a whole.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/08/2023
Professor Teli is decent. His lecture slides are helpful, and he sometimes tells fun stories during class to make the students engaged. My only complaint would be that sometimes he goes over proofs a little messily, but the TAs help give us a more systematic approach. The probability part was also messy, but overall, I think he tries his best to help his students, and it shows. We had two midterms, and quizzes every Wednesday at the end of class. His homework is reasonable. He also gave us rule sheets and some formulas to use during the exams.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/05/2023
He's great tbh. Records and gives reasonable assignments.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
11/29/2023
really underrated professor, like the person underneath me said, i feel like most the bad reviews came from when Teli first started teaching this class. His lectures are basically him going over topics and then doing a bunch of problems/proofs by hand so you can see how and what his thought process is. He posts the lectures slides and his work as well as recording lectures so its not an issue if you skip. He does a good job of answering any questions you have. He does go a little fast sometimes, but he always makes sure to ask if everyone understands. There are quizzes and homeworks roughly every week or so. The quizzes aren't too bad as long as you ask your TA to go over sample questions. The homeworks can be tedious but you have plenty of time to do them. I will say that having a good TA can be a make or break for this class, as discussions are pretty important to digesting the material. Another thing is that the exams aren't too bad, but it feels like theres always one question thats weirdly different from any other problem we've done. Doesn't make it impossible, but can be kinda annoying. Would def reccomend this prof tho
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/29/2023
I don't know why his rating is so low but he is one of the best professors I've had so far. Records everything and posts notes writing during lecture. In my opinion the quizzes were easy, exams were extremely easy, and homework is fair. Only bad things I can say is that sometimes the homework questions were tricky or some questions on the exam were unclear. Definitely take him.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
11/29/2023
I was really scared coming into this class especially seeing his rating was at 3 stars but I would reccommend taking him if you can. He records lectures and posts notes which I found very helpful so I could go back and see points that I misunderstood. The pace isn't too fast and he really wants students to understand the material and is open to questions. His exams and quizzes were for the most part fair and easier than the homeworks. In addition he provides practice material for exams. The homeworks could sometimes be time consuming but I think you usually have more than a week to work on them. He also connects the material to how you may use it in upper level classes such as algorithms which I appreciated. My only issue with the class is that it seems as if most of the TAs did not have Teli when taking the class so the style in which they solved problems differed from his which led to some confusion for me personally. It also seems as if some TAs didn't really know the material when I went to office hours. Other than that I highly reccommend Teli for this course. I think previous bad reviews were likely due to him not having taught the course before but it seems as if hes gotten the hang of it and the course is well organized now.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
11/28/2023
Extremely fair exams and homeworks. Just do the hw problems, quiz and the practice exams before the exams and you’ll do well.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/18/2023
Teli is a great guy! he gives extremely fair exams and quizzes. The only downside is that you have to do well in those quizzes as they are 15% of your grade and he doesn't drop the lowest quiz. His homeworks doesn't take long to do and are very fair.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting a B+
Justacoder
11/16/2023
He is a fair professor who does want his students to succussed. The projects where tedious but straightforward and the exams where usually fair. Only complaint is that he is not a great lecturer, can put you to sleep and it is easy to get lost. Lectures are posted before class so your better off read them and teaching yourself. Other than that fine professor.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC422

Expecting an A
Anonymous
10/19/2023
This is a midsemester review for the class in Fall 2023. I think Prof Teli has done a great job teaching this class so far. He posts the lecture slides and notes relatively quickly, does a good job at answering questions within lectures, and uploads the lecture recordings. He and his TAs are also very responsive on Piazza and provided a practice midterm before the actual exam. The HW quizzes in ELMS do a good job of reinforcing the concepts for the ML models we've covered and we get 1 week to do each of them. The lecture examples and HW problems definitely help in preparing for the midterm. I thought it was reasonable. The projects are interesting and we get about 2-3 weeks to work on each them. I'd recommend starting the projects early. The HW quizzes are automatically graded and you get a few attempts to work on each one, which I think is very nice. The TAs and Prof Teli are very helpful and understanding in their in-person OH. One concern I have regarding the class is there not online OH in addition to the in-person ones as there probably are students not always on campus that could benefit from them. Another is that there are no late submissions allowed so it is important to get all your assignments done on time. Aside from that, I think Prof Teli overall has done a great job and he has been very organized with this class. I took 320 online in Summer 2023 and his class was also very organized. I think a lot of the reviews are very negative towards Teli's teaching as a professor and he is very underrated. I highly recommend you take a class with Teli if possible (preferably 320 or 422).
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a C-
Anonymous
09/14/2023
The Instructor is alright, however whats the use if he doesn't know how to hire TAs. My TA was Yue a grad student, and you can ask anybody in CMSC 250 in her discussion. An absolute waste of UMD money, she doesn't know how to teach or explain and leaves for the bathroom majority of the time. This was detrimental for my academics as I really needed support when learning new contexts as a commuter I did not have a study group. For context I am a straight A student in CS but Teli teaches the overview and concepts but doesnt delve in deep into applications of the concept. Which is understandable as that is why CMSC250 has discussions. If your TA is not doing his/her job please dont wait till the end of the semester to complain make sure u get your grade right and ur academics first.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/20/2023
I think Professor Teli did a great job with organizing the class. The lecture materials were all in 1 place, the directions for the 4 projects were very clear and not too challenging, the lecture quizzes weren't that bad, the final tutorial instructions were very clear and examples were provided. We were also given practice questions to prepare for the midterm and final and they were relatively similar to the actual exams. We were also given the opportunity to have 1-page cheat sheets during the exams, which I really liked. The lecture recordings he made went over the slides and handwritten examples of the topics. The TAs also had plenty of online OH and they were willing to answer any questions I had and offer any assistance. Professor Teli is also a nice and understanding professor overall. This class also helps you prepare for 422 since 422 essentially builds upon it and goes over these topics in depth with a stronger emphasis on ML. It helped me refresh my statistics and linear algebra skills. The only things I will mention that could have been improved were 1) Responding to Piazza posts and questions a little sooner and 2) Slowing down the lecture pacing. I'm aware that since this was a 6-week course, the content that would normally be covered in a 15-week course had to be covered more than twice faster but that's not Prof Teli's fault. I understand the concerns that the other reviews have regarding the lecture pacing and do agree that you should have some background in statistics and linear algebra and calculus but the class more touches upon the high-level concepts instead of delving into them too deeply. If you haven't taken statistics and linear algebra, then it may be a little problematic. Other than that, I really liked this class and look forward to taking 422 with Teli in the fall. Would strongly recommend taking a class with Teli but if you prefer another professor, that is also understandable.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli

Expecting a C
Anonymous
08/20/2023
By far the worst professor for 320. The class has a low amount of busy work so if you have an existing amount of prior stats or ML knowledge you probably will get an A in this course. Otherwise expect to be in for a long struggle because this professor will not put an ounce of effort. Communication issues, unclear expectations, and short turnaround times for testing new material were commonplace due to him attempting to teach the course virtually from an entire hemisphere away. Lectures were jargon-heavy and jumped around so often that it is even difficult to review my notes. Also, as someone who took STAT400 and Calc 1/2 three years ago, I think that not listing these as pre-requisites and expecting us to learn the entirety of their material in about a week for the final is simply unacceptable. This is one of only Bs in a Computer Science course at this school. Professor Teli: please do better for future students and in the meantime avoid this professor like the plague.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting a B
Anonymous
08/01/2023
He was a bit too quick early on in week 1, but he slowed down and really went in depth, took out a pen and paper and gave great examples. He really is a gifted teacher because he knows what the student is thinking and explains what is necessary to bridge to the jump of understanding. First ML class that I actually understood what was happening. The only problem with this class is that it relies on stat and linear algebra heavily, but stat and linear algebra are not requirements for the class. That's not his fault though that the department that made that decision. I highly recommend this course but you will get the most out of this if you have taken Calc 1, linear algebra and stat as recently and havent forgotten too much.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting a C
Anonymous
07/27/2023
The last review that I can see was from 7/14. Today is 7/27 and I can say that the situation has gotten worse. Topics have gotten harder and has moved on to talking about about STAT400 material and linear algebra. These two courses are not prerequisites and he assumes that you all should know everything about these classes. He does not give you a debriefer on these topics, so if you don't remember content from these classes, you are out of luck. He does not explain very effectively: his slides use short hands that I cannot understand, his handwriting is very hard to read, he provides no examples for any material that we are learning, (just rants on a hard topic, and expects us to understand with no concrete examples). I had teli for 250 and he was real solid, but this class.... I hiiiighly encourage against him.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting a W
Anonymous
07/14/2023
Lectures way too fast. Doesn't explain anything in depth. Uses a mouse to draw things illegibly on the screen. Clicks through slides like its a race. Halfway explains a concept, then says we'll come back to it later, never comes back to it. Tells you he won't go through certain slides, and to review them on your own time. Why put them in the slides then? He really needs to look at what it means to teach and see how he can reform his approach. Teaching is explaining a simple concept -> show an example -> wait for understanding -> show a slightly harder example -> wait for understanding -> explain a harder concept -> show an example.. repeat. He never waits for understanding and sometimes doesn't even explain the concept. I am here to learn and 100% willing. I feel like I was scammed out of the $1000 I payed to take this summer course, because he didn't even teach it. Slow down, seriously. Lecturing is NOT a race.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting an A
Anonymous
06/01/2023
I would not recommend taking CMSC320 with Professor Teli at all costs (take with Max instead of anyone else). This class now has a midterm, a final project, weekly closed-note quizzes, and a final exam. Teli's lectures were dense with material and he failed to keep his students engaged. Most people would just be on their laptops or their phones waiting for the quiz at the end of class. The quizzes were on some reading tangentially related to the class, and they would either be really easy or really hard. It would often require you to remember random facts or sentences from the article. The first midterm of this class was a total mess. There was a sample midterm given, but the actual exam was nothing like it. You were allowed to bring a cheat sheet, but that didn't matter. It was essentially random python trivia about random inbuilt python, pandas, numpy, or data-cleaning techniques/commands. If you didn't have it on your cheat sheet, you would not be able to answer the question. These commands had nothing to do with class or the projects. It also included topics that were briefly mentioned in class, not really in the class slides, and that question would be work 20% of the midterm. Almost fully random, the best way to classify this midterm is like a history test, but your textbook is the whole internet. Good luck. The final was better. I believe he understood what he did from the first midterm, so he made the final closer to the practice final and kept it related to the class content. This however didn't fully make up for the first midterm, because we didn't know what to expect and it could have easily been just as hard/random. Projects were straightforward and all were group based. Grading was inconsistent - your luck of the draw of what TA you got. Essentially, this class no longer teaches you "data science" and is closer to a history/overview course. It provides a lot more stress than is needed (with the midterms, quizzes, and final) and Professor Teli makes it a lot more random than it should be. I would recommend taking it with a professor who has better grading policies and doesn't have midterms like Professor Teli. Professor Teli is very knowledgeable about the subject, but when it comes to teaching it, he could use a lot of work.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/09/2023
While taking CMSC250 with Professor Mohammad Nayeem Teli last year, I encountered some difficulties with the course structure and materials. I believe that Professor Teli may have been assigned to teach classes for which he is not entirely qualified or knowledgeable, as his first language is not English and his heavy accent made it difficult to understand him at times. Additionally, the wording of the tests and quizzes was poor and riddled with errors that could have been caught with adequate proofreading. Furthermore, I found Professor Teli's lectures to be long, rambling, and often disorganized, frequently losing track of the topic or failing to address key learning objectives. He also taught incorrect information and would often double down, claiming that he was teaching different ways of doing things. The projects in the course were terribly worded and ambiguous, requiring a lot of guesswork to understand what Professor Teli wanted us to do. The grading was inconsistent and required a lot of regrading to receive full credit.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B+
akl2025
02/20/2023
Professor Teli is fantastic. His lecture notes are neatly written and available on ELMS, and he provides clear explanations for every class. Additionally, his quizzes, midterms, and final exams are all fair, so I can't complain if I lose points due to my own mistakes. I also want to give a shoutout to my amazing TA, Emily Kaplitz. She's been incredibly helpful in our discussion section and has gone above and beyond to ensure that we all understand the material. I'm grateful for her support and guidance throughout the course.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Anonymous
02/09/2023
Idk bout assignments cause we never get any. So boring. My energy in this class is used to stay awake not to absorb content.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a C
Anonymous
01/23/2023
Yes the grade I got is a C. However Professor Teli is an amazing professor, a professional with indepth knowledge on the subject matter. The lectures are very relaxed and full of information that is relevant to the CS field and exams. However in application, is where your TA comes into play where they go over applying the concepts learnt in class in various scenarios. My TA, Yue (I hate specifying names but I feel is nessecary) did not teach a single thing and showed absolutely no interest in the subject or the class. I feel students should speak up because at the end it is our grade that is hurt not the the TA's
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/24/2022
Teli was doing so good in 250 this semester. His class is the most organized class compared to other classes that I was taking this semester. Quizzes were easy but sometimes challenging enough. Homework was not long and doable. He also gave us 1.5% extra credits which helped a lot. He revealed the cutoffs at the end and it's reasonable. Teli is also a good lecturer since I saw a lot ppl attend his lectures than in other classes. I got confused during his lecture sometimes, but it's acceptable.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/24/2022
Teli was super nice and a great lecturer. Midterms and Finals were extremely fair. Quizzes were difficult for me but the homeworks were great practice for it. I'd take his class again.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/23/2022
Probably one of the best lecturers for CMSC250, you can understand a concept very clearly after a lecture - I can't say that I have had this experience with many other lecturers. The main issues in this class is a lot of times he assigns homework's with concepts that we barely covered in class and it becomes a requirement to go to office hours just to figure out how to start the homeworks. He gave out an extra credit assignment in the end(did not drop any other assignments). The exams were also very fair.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/23/2022
Teli is not a bad professor himself, he's actually very straight forward in lectures sometimes. I do think at the start though, he did go a bit fast, but he's understanding when it comes to answering questions and office hours. However, his quizzes and exams are in my opinion a gamble, sometimes they are easy/fair, meaning it is the content taught in class but other times he has completely given us a homework and quiz that is entirely different from his lectures. At one point, lots of people crowded office hours because there were so many questions on this one homework. It definitely was inconsistent. As well, you have a quiz every week in-person unless stated otherwise, and as stated before, some were straight forward and others were completely different from what we learnt. The platforms being used are a bit annoying to, having to use Piazza, ELMS, and a whole different website (for the syllabus) is a bit disorganized. I also do want to mention that the grading felt very inconsistent on exams, so try your best to get a regrade request (for a valid reason of course).
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/21/2022
His quizzes and tests are very fair, which is very nice. Homeworks are also relatively straightforward - very closely mirrors what is done in class. Unfortunately, CMSC250 as a course is sort of this weird Frankenstein of a math class trying to be taught to CS kids that don't really care about math, so the material is a bit weirdly presented, but that is by no means his fault. My biggest takeaway, though, was that he really really cares about people doing well, and is super accommodating. Someone asked he post the lecture slides before class, so he did just that. He gave an optional extra credit assignment at the end. Great dude.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/20/2022
You know, I didn't really pay attention in lecture but I somehow still learned by osmosis anyway. Very nice guy, I like his lectures even though I just fuck around or skip it altogether. The course material is pretty good, the homework is really good practice. The quizzes are a bit weirdly timed to the homework, where you might get quizzed on something before you get homework about it. Otherwise, he's really nice, and very solid. The only real problem I would say is that the final exam turned out to be exam 3, not really a final exam. But hey, whatever.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/20/2022
Teli is a good professor, but CMSC250 is definitely a difficult class. Attending lectures will fs help you. Plus, he records them so you can review for any times you missed or to prepare for exams. Discrete is different than a typical math class in that it's more proof and logic heavy, so expect a fair bit a writing as well. Also, if you have Emily as your TA, she is AMAZING. She's a god-send and helps explain topics so well during office hours to help students with the homework, and she also hosts review sessions before finals. I HEAVILY suggest her as a TA for the course.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/19/2022
Lectures are clear and organized and he always posts the recording and notes. Exams were always more than fair. Quizzes and Homeworks were a bit difficult but if you study a bit you'll be fine. Pretty solid professor if not a little boring at times.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/18/2022
Explains things in an easy to understand way and gives us a lot of practice material.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/17/2022
i actually think he's an very underrated professor. although his class was a bit disorganized, he did a great job in making things make sense. Really nice dude, and I genuinely enjoyed this class even though it was hard at times.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/16/2022
take him
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/14/2022
Solid professor. Taught what needed to be taught, was very nice. Everything you'd want out of a professor. Homework could be a bit hard, but are fair. Quizzes and exams were totally fair so long as you studied the material. Plus he posts the lectures and slides, and gave us an extra-credit assignment after someone asked for one!
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/10/2022
Teli is a really good professor. Always willing to help, quizzes and exams are fair; not too hard if you study the material. He explains well and his lectures are very interesting. Would recommend!
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
12/08/2022
Prof. Teli is a solid professor. He goes over examples clearly in class, gets his TAs to grade homeworks and quizzes relatively quickly, and the material tested is fair game. Make sure you prepare for, complete, and understand your weekly homeworks and quizzes on time. Sometimes he can go too fast for you to take notes, but he always posts his lectures and lecture notes immediately after class.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
11/23/2022
Telli is a great professor: - Comes to class with a ton of energy, - Always willing to help and spend an hour if need be to clarify - Quizzes aren't bad actually, rules of inference/proofs is the only thing I should've doubled down on - Tests: are hit and miss but overall, I'd say they are decent and cover everything equally - HW: In the beginning of the year, very long and tedious but later in the year, dirt easy. - TAs: Mine was ok, but definitely be sure to learn his/her style. - Teaching: Good pace, lots of explaining, and writes the notes in real time so you can see the mechanics. Overall, Telli is an amazing professor with a great heart. I am taking him again in CMSC 320. He is a professor you want to stick around with. I hope this review helps! Harshit Garg
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
11/22/2022
Nice professor. Lecture is pretty nice, but can get boring at times. Harsh grading, though.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B
Anonymous
11/15/2022
Nice guy, explains every concept and topic really well. Exams and quizzes can be tricky, and the homeworks are graded extremely harshly for some reason. My main pitfall is that he's not super great with responding to emails or anything like that, took him almost a week to respond to my email about rescheduling an exam I had to miss due to COVID. Otherwise pretty good professor!
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Anonymous
05/18/2022
While very knowledgeable about the topics the class was pretty bad. Quizzes had random content at times but exams were ok. Try to avoid taking him if you can.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
05/16/2022
Teli is strange. At the beginning of the semester, it seemed like he was a great professor, and that he and Cliff were keeping pace. However, it just got worse from there. The difficulty, quality, and wording of his assignments vary wildly (both in between assignments of the same type and assignments of different types). This made it extremely difficult to productively study for exams and quizzes because I'd never be quite sure how they would flow. Teli also fragments course information across 4 different platforms (ELMS, Piazza, Gradescope, and his own UMD web space), and not all of these platforms send notifications. For the platforms that do send notifications, it is so hard to keep track of them and I have felt like I'll receive them a long time from when they were relevant (I have definitely missed a regrade window because of this fact). Finally, the TAs all had their own slightly different ways of doing things and interpretation of assignments, which I can only assume comes from lack of communication. This made grading inconsistent with different rules being applied to different assignments. TLDR: Do not take CMSC250 with Teli unless it is your only choice.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/09/2022
Teli is a terrible professor. He doesn't teach us anything and the quizzes/HWs don't match up to what we're learning at all. However, I must concede that he is experienced and knows the content. The exams were also rather reasonable. Only take Teli if you have to. And if you do end up taking him, buckle up.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC426

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
05/04/2022
The class is quite interesting, but if you've taken CMSC422 there is a lot of repeated information, which led to a lot of boredom for me. Not his fault though, I just barely recommend this class if you've taken CMSC422. He also does derivations sometimes for some reason even though they never show up in the homework or exams. The biggest gripe I have is he only released rubrics for homework past the halfway point in the semester. You need those rubrics.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC250

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
04/28/2022
The best I can say about Teli is that he is a good guy and he really cares about his students. However, this is only the second time that he has taught 250 and it really shows. His course materials are at least half a decade old focusing on subjects none of the other 250 teachers teach anymore. Additionally, notes and materials from other teachers are useless since he sometimes just makes up his own proofs. Teli also doesn't provide any detailed notes or practice exam materials which is very frustrating. His lectures are difficult to follow skipping essential material and making substantial mistakes in all of his example problems. The worst part is that his test, quizzes, and homework are extremely difficult and is completely different from anything he teaches in class. His grading is brutal and the TA often grades incorrectly so it's important to request regrades. Overall, I hope Teli gets better as he gains more experience teaching this class, but I cannot recommend taking CMSC250 with Teli at this time.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC426

Anonymous
04/14/2022
To be honest, I've had alot of different teachers and taking this class is just not it. Expect to learn everything by yourself.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A
Anonymous
03/10/2022
Good professor, class is pretty manageable if you go to OH religiously until you solve the HWs and understand them. Having some level of leetcode prep will help immensely as a lot of common problems are used in the class. I took the coding interview class at the same time and there were times when the HWs had the same problem.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/01/2022
Some general thoughts: Very, very prepared for lecture. Good lecturer, but covered unnecessary content at times. Sometimes he would spend a lot of time covering material that was never on an exam or homework. Homework was usually manageable, but occasionally ridiculous to the point where even the TAs didn't know how to do it (Dr. Teli didn't always provide the TAs with solutions in a timely manner). Really nice guy. Surprisingly generous curve. Painful weighting (each weekly homework 1.5%, each exam 25%, and final exam is whatever remains... yeah it's a lot of weight on the exams). Grading done by TAs (I think exclusively) so a lot of subjectivity. Some TAs were more forgiving with partial credit than others. Just a little frustrating. He's an absolute genius, which sometimes makes it difficult to grasp a topic from his explanations, but he (as other reviews mention) is really really good at answering questions until there's a solid understanding (both in lecture and office hours). Exams were frustrating because they use the same practice exams every semester and the practice rarely helps with the actual exam. It's kinda a matter of if you were lucky enough to study the right things at the right level of detail (it's not really possible to study everything at the highest level because he brushes over some of the really hard stuff). I'm normally good at studying "smart, not hard" but the exams in 351 really threw me for a loop. Thankfully he provides topic lists for each exam that help narrow it down a bit. Overall, I would say Dr. Teli could be a perfect professor if he ran the class slightly differently (which would really just mean making it a bit easier, providing hw solutions earlier on to the TAs, only covering relevant material, and giving more useful practice for exams).
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
ENEE140

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/25/2021
Dr. Teli is a good professor for enee140. Would go over concepts with many, many example codes and always tried to make sure the class was following his lectures. After all of his examples, concepts were usually pretty clear to me, but he was always willing to take questions. Plenty of time to complete projects, which were 50% of the grade. Usually a quiz every other week. He would give worksheets to prepare for the quizzes, but would not provide answers, you had to go to the discussion for those. I found that a little annoying but I went to most of the discussions anyway so not a huge problem. There was one midterm and a final. He gave previous tests, with answers, that were very similar to the tests given so studying was fairly easy. Overall a pretty good professor, not exceptional, but I would still highly recommend for 140.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
ENEE140

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/23/2021
The course was straightforward, and Dr. Teli was an effective lecturer and wrote fair exams and projects. For an introductory level class his explanations were often a bit overcomplicated for some concepts, and some aspects that are more difficult for people learning to program he didn't cover in as much depth as would have been appreciated. That said, the class was relatively easy, and it was easy to do well if you asked for TA help when necessary.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/22/2021
Teli is a nice and approachable professor. 351 is a pretty difficult class no matter who the professor is, but I thought Teli did a good job explaining concepts. The homeworks were appropriately difficult, although there were a few questions that required a lot of time to work through and understand. One thing I thought was really good was that he lets you work with other students as long as you cite their name. However, the exams are not remotely related to the actual class content. I took this class in Spring 2020 and I felt like the professor just took random leetcode problems off the internet and combined it with unecessarily complicated mathematical problems. There is a pretty fat curve on the class though (at least 10 points from what I remember) which is nice. My main issue with the class, which is partially just the fault of the way UMD has structured the 351 curriculum, is that it is not actually a useful algorithms class. A really huge focus of the class is calculating the exact runtimes of different algorithms, rather than actually focusing on how the algorithms actually work. Unfortunately its still a mandatory CS course, but if you want to actually learn algorithms, take CMSC451. I gave Teli 4 stars because he did his best given the circumstances, but CMSC351 barely deserves 1 star.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
12/04/2021
So you've made it to CMSC351. Congrats! Here's the deal: this course is difficult no matter which professor you take. Teli is a decent teacher and will happily answer questions in his OH or in class but the reason I believe this class is difficult is because of how few resources students are given to prepare for the 2 midterms and 1 final that collectively make up 83.5% of your final grade (yeah, you read that right). The homeworks are really good for helping you understand each topic at a very deep level but aren't good exam prep because the exams don't require you to understand the topics as thoroughly. Teli gives out practice exams that don't contain any relevant problems to the topics of the exam. They are completely useless. Students are forced to go into each exam without the slightest idea of how to prepare or what could be on it. We were given a list of topics for each exam but the list was so large it was practically impossible to study all the possible topics.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/17/2021
Teli's work was relatively hard to follow online, but he was more than happy to answer any questions people had, and genuinely wanted people to understand the topics. Homeworks are almost copies of lecture work with numbers changed and occasionally new problems, but exams were almost entirely new problems somewhat based on lectures, and unrelated to practice exams.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC426

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/16/2021
I took Teli for 351 and really enjoyed his class, but 426 left a lot to be desired. Lectures were hard to follow, and didn't relate much to the content that homeworks and exams required you to understand. The workload was also crazy high - there were 3 homeworks and 4 projects, all of which were very involved from an implementation standpoint. Although grading was fairly lax, getting something that felt like it worked was also very difficult, and it was hard to get an idea of whether your code was working as expected, which I understand is somewhat due to the nature of Computer Vision. On multiple assignments many students spent more than 30 hours trying to complete them. When students brought up these concerns they were largely ignored, and were told to 'work harder'.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Anonymous
04/27/2021
This review is based off of the fact that the course is being unfairly graded. The class average is noticeably higher than the past. I have heard from multiple mutual friends that they know other students in large cheating circles, and its likely the cause of the jump in the average. Instructors seem to be unaware of or ignoring this issue, and it is hurting the chances of honest students to pass. Previous semesters had cutoffs in the 40s and 50s, but current students are facing a 64% cutoff. This issue could be dealt with by grading this semester slightly different than normal and accounting for grade inflation with a lower cutoff, but it does not seem like they are going to. It is understandable that cheating is difficult to enforce online, but it should not lead to negative repercussions on students performing average under honest efforts. While the semester is not over, it seems like this issue is not going to change. I understand some people may read this review and assume I am just taking out my frustration, but I am not. This is a serious problem. I like Teli as a person, and he has better lecturing skills than other professors. This issue stems from the inability to properly proctor exams through Zoom. Adapting your class properly in times like these is important, and Teli just is not. I hope he proves me wrong, but as I said before, the way he is seemingly ignoring this issue is disappointing.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Anonymous
04/06/2021
Genuinely nice guy and very knowledgable about the material. However, the exams are complete garbage and have nothing to do with anything he teaches or the homework. Alot of the times it feels like he's not even teaching us anything useful.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
03/31/2021
One of the sweetest professors I've ever had. He will go through any step of an algorithm or analysis if a student is confused, no matter how trivial it is. This is especially helpful when covering topics that require a deeper conceptual understanding like analyzing the complexity of different variations of quicksort. The homeworks are good practice and if you can get your hands on any of the past exam questions, I highly recommend practicing with those as well. The exams can be difficult, but as long as you make sure you get all the easy points scattered throughout and dont get hung up on any one question, you're golden. There was also a heavy curve at the end of the class and Teli even extended the lower bound of the standard deviation to allow more students to get C's and pass (Math: final mean was 70.82 and std. dev was 11.78 so realistically, only grades above a 59.04 should have passed. But he extended it to allow students above a 54 to pass). All in all an incredible teacher and great guy!
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC320

Anonymous
01/12/2021
Not the worst CS professor I have had, but I wasn't impressed. Lectures often delved into hard to follow free-hand mathematical derivations that he would speed through (especially true for the latter half of the class that was focused on ML algorithms). I often felt confused after lectures and bored midway through. I found understanding in the material through reading lecture slides for some of the topics. Lecture slides for ML algorithms (ie linear regression, KNN, decision trees, random forests, etc) were confusing and I got a way better understanding by watching youtube videos on relevant topics. The midterm was ridiculously difficult which was annoying; the average was pretty low. Projects are interesting in my opinion; I really enjoyed the web scraping project. It was a great introduction to the topic. All projects were written in Python. I can say I gained a lot of worthwhile experience with relevant data science Python libraries such as NumPy, Pandas, scikit-learn, Matplotlib, and others. I would take this class again but I cannot say I recommend this professor.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Anonymous
12/24/2020
Had him last year, this review is not just for him but also for his TAs. Had a classmate who tried to get help on HW from a TA named Anton who barely helped and had a very condescending attitude, and at times it felt like all of the TAs were like that. Teli's lectures were simply writing math and proofs over white paper, and they were very dry and sometimes hard to read his handwriting. I wish there could have been additional material like slides. Even if you paid attention it seemed hard to figure detail was actually important and what was not. Exams are difficult, and homeworks/practice exams don't really help. What's worse is they are unwilling to provide you with any previous exams whatsoever because they claim it will give the answers away when in reality they could come up with new problems but are too lazy too. Exams felt more like an IQ test where you have to be really clever, and the grading is ruthless. He is extremely stubborn with his rubrics as well; even if both students and TAs feel you have a good argument for partial credit, he's still not gonna give you any points. If I could go back in time I would have taken Kruskal instead because at least his exams are based on his homeworks, unlike Teli and also he seems to be a more effective lecturer who gets his points across and separating them from the non-important points. Only pro I can say is he is nice, but don't make the same mistake I did and think that that means he is an effective teacher.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a D+
Anonymous
12/15/2020
Teli gives good lectures (especially online where chat makes it easier to ask questions), but his exams are so brutal and completely different from the homework. And the practice exams. Yeah, the practice exams in this class are worthless. This is a class that needs some major changes, but in its current state, I suppose Teli is a good option.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B
Anonymous
06/01/2020
He handled the switch to online classes very well and ended up using a fair grading system to adjust to the difficulties of the semester. He goes pretty fast through the material, so I always benefited more from the Panopto recording more than attending his live lecture. Besides for that, there was the usual 351 nonsense: some homework questions were nearly impossible to solve and you couldn't succeed unless you did extra studying on your own time by using outside resources such as Leetcode.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
05/25/2020
The class really sucks. I really hated it. It’s so focused on trivial algorithms and finding the EXACT runtime complexity that it’s just a math class. You don’t really have to worry much about algorithm design, just go on leetcode and see how basic divide and conquer/graph problems are solved and you’ll be able to slide by. Pay close attention to solving recurrences, construction induction, etc. because they’re pretty easy points on exams. In my opinion, the hardest part of the tests are trying to understand what the questions are asking, and sometimes the answers to some problems seem nearly impossible to get in the allotted time. Luckily, everyone goes through this struggle together so the final curve is humongous. Thankfully, Teli is a really good professor. He is so thorough and clear in his lectures, he answers everyones questions, and he really cares about your learning. He will skim over things sometimes, but chances are someone will raise their hand and ask for clarity, to which he’ll happily respond to. One importing thing though is that he records his lectures BUT not the lectures before tests, which are basically him going through any practice exam he gave us (which are hardly ever representative of an exam we’re given). TLDR: Teli good, 351 bad.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Anonymous
05/21/2020
Teli loves to focus on the intuition of algorithms and problem solving. Teli is a patient lecturer and often stops to ask if anyone has questions, and he's quite approachable in office hours. In lectures, he works through the book proofs, and in general the exams don't have too much to do with the homeworks. If you are a math wizard then you might get a little bored, in which case I would suggest Kruskal's class. If you just want to get by, Teli's emphasis on intuition will serve you well.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
01/10/2020
The content and class is a mess tbh. But you can tell that Teli cares and wants to make sure that every student gets the idea down. He uses most of lecture time going over the algebra of some analyses, which makes it easy for students to get lost during lecture and find it a pain to sit back down to review everything for the homeworks. Before the final, I was sitting around a 56%. After getting a 67% on the final (wasn't as bad as anticipated), I managed to get up to 60%, for a final grade of C+ (3% away from a B-!!) Moral of the story, if I can do it, you can too.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/30/2019
Teli isn't a perfect professor, but he genuinely cares about the content he is teaching and about student success. I found his lectures a little boring, but tests and homework felt fair.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/21/2019
ok as a lecturer, but i give this rating for the TA's and how he ran the class. Ridiculous and unforgiving grading for a class that has simple material. 48 was a C- this semester.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC426

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/19/2019
His class is in Python, the projects are substantial, try to work in groups. Teli's explanations are pretty match-heavy, and it's easy to drown in the math. But he still gives his best effort to explain concepts.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
10/10/2019
Energetic and caring professor, but very sloppy. If you're after rigor, don't take Teli. He spends far more time in lecture reviewing algebra than teaching computer science, and when he does get around to explaining some theory, he mostly just waves his hands. That being said, he is likely an easy A. Take that as you will.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B
Anonymous
10/01/2019
Great, engaging lecturer who put an emphasis on applying the algorithms. Also covered some algorithms not in Kruskal's. Funny guy who is easy to talk to. Curved about 8-10%
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
05/20/2019
Spring 19' was the first semester Teli didn't just use all of Kruskal's materials. The lectures were straightforward and the exams were fair and manageable.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Anonymous
04/11/2019
Terrible teacher, please avoid him. the courses are mess and exam are ridiculous. midterms are easy but final exam isn't the same level as the midterm.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
04/06/2019
Class is a mess, but thats 351 for ya. Teli is a good lecturer though and seems to car about his students.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC131

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
02/14/2019
He was the best professor of CMSC131 at the semester I took it. He is a nice guy. He allows using laptops for taking notes. He answers questions from the class. He is good at explaining various concepts clearly, using terminologies. Only he is not very good at making analogies. If you consider analogies essential for explaining concepts in computer science, you may not like his explanations.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/25/2018
Mohammad is a solid lecturer. He co-taught with Kruskal (same homeworks, tests, everything), so if you're looking to escape Kruskal, taking Mohammad won't help. He's a very nice guy and usually explains the material clearly and is well prepared. I also felt like he improved his lecturing over the course of the semester (this was his first semester at UMD). The course is terribly managed and run, but that's the fault of the TAs and Kruskal. If you go to lectures and put time and effort into fully understanding the homeworks and study for the exams, you should be OK on the exams.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC351

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/23/2018
He's a pretty good lecturer, explains concepts fairly clearly. His lecture style is writing out math with a pen on a document camera, so sometimes it gets messy with corrections/multiple pages. That being said, he does make a bunch of mistakes during class that take a while for him to catch, but overall he's good.
Mohammad Nayeem Teli
CMSC131

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/20/2018
Professor Nayeem is pretty good. He's always willing to answer questions and speaks in a clear voice. Occasionally, it seems as if he accidentally leaves out small details that are important to the concept he is explaining. I'd recommend that if you take him, don't be afraid to ask questions and keep doing so until you understand the concept, he is very approachable.